To: CCF Victoria staff, members and stakeholders.

Gareth Andrews Remembers the ’67 Grand Final – From the CEO desk.

Good afternoon.

Firstly, may I take the opportunity to say “Thank You” on this public holiday for your collective work in keeping all civil construction sites, workers and the community we serve, safe during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Today, we would normally be celebrating and preparing for the AFL Grand Final tomorrow.  A game that captures the “hearts and minds” of most of us here in the Victorian community.  Alas, this is a year like no other.  A game played in late October, at night under lights and over 1,700 kms from its heartland.  Many of us also will not have the opportunity to be at the “G”, or watch the game with family and friends, due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

No matter who you barrack for, tomorrow night’s AFL Grand Final will bring our community together and for just on 2 hours, we will forget the challenges we have been confronted with in 2020 and take “time out” to watch what we hope will be a truly great final.  In preparing for this anticipated blockbuster at the Gabba, it would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to share with you an article released yesterday that appeared in the Melbourne Age.  The article is written by our good friend and CCF supporter, Gareth Andrews, founder of Life Again.

53 years on, Gareth in is the unique position to remember the key highlights and insights into last 1967 Richmond vs Geelong Grand Final.  A game he played “up forward” for Geelong, a game attended by a record 109,396 spectators, and a game won by Richmond by a margin of 9 points.  Gareth ended his career playing at Richmond, including their 1974 Premiership team, so tomorrow night …. Gareth will be a winner either way. 

I am sure you will join me in celebrating his contribution to our great game but also his important role in promoting positive health & well-being initiatives for those leading and working in our civil construction industry.

I trust you enjoy his article below into one of the truly great Grand Finals.

Until my next update …. keep well – keep safe.

Kind regards

John Kilgour

CEO, CCF Victoria